Creamy Carrot Soup

Monday, July 12, 2010

Welcome Everyone!  Before I begin my post tonight, I would like to first share with you something that has absolutely made my month!  A few weeks ago, I discovered someone else's address on my Starbucks Gold account.  I called Starbucks and of course they were more than happy to fix the problem, and they sent me four free drink coupons.  Well, in the meantime, I had earned 30 more stars, or 2 more free drinks (yah, I know, I go to Starbucks A LOT).  Because of the snafu with my account, the free drink coupons that I earned never came, so I called back again asking if maybe they had been sent to that strange address that was on my account.  The phone rep at Starbucks told me that he didn't think so, but just in case he would send me a $25 gift card to make up for it.  I told him that wasn't necessary but he insisted.  On Saturday my $25 gift card came, then today ANOTHER $25 gift card came from Starbucks.  So I just wanted to say, Starbucks is the best, give them your business if you can, I LOVE Starbucks!  And incidentally, so does Daniel who enthusiastically yells "BUCK BUCKS!" every time we drive by there, pointing and signing "please, more!"

Tonight's recipe is a really lovely soup for summer.  It combines the goodness of carrots with potatoes and onions.  It is so yummy you will make it again and again!  I added diced kohlrabi to it for a little extra flavor. You could also add turnips to this, or parsnips, or leeks whatever you have on hand! Daniel loved it so much he ate 5 whole bowls full!

Creamy Carrot Soup

  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 (2 lb) bag of baby carrots
  • 1 kohlrabi peeled and diced (optional)
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced (I used 4 garlic scapes because that is what I had on hand)
  • 1 large russet potato peeled and diced
  • 1 tbsp. butter
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 6 cups chicken broth or stock
  • 1 tbsp. herbes de provence
  • 1 tbsp. fresh ginger
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 cups sour cream
In a large soup pot or dutch oven, melt the butter and olive oil over high heat.  Add the onion and garlic and saute until translucent about 2 minutes.  Add the rest of the veggies, the salt, pepper, and herbes de provence and saute another 5 minutes or so, just to get the veggies sweating.  Add the white wine, stir and allow to reduce another 2 minutes.  Add the chicken stock, cover and bring to a boil.  Once boiling, remove the lid and turn heat down to medium low.  Simmer for 25-30 minutes or until all the root veggies (carrots, potatoes, kohlrabi if using) are very soft.  Using an immersion blender (or a food processor if you don't have an immersion blender), puree the soup.  Add the sour cream and mix well until completely combined.  Serve with warm bread, and garnish with fresh chives.  Yummy!

Here is a video of my precious Boonie enjoying his soup!

Until next time, happy and HEALTHY cooking and EATING!


Jackie said...

Hey I am planning on making this recipe tonight but I couldn't find herbs de provence anywhere. Do you have any suggestions for something I could substitute?

frenchieliza said...

Yep, herbes de provence are just thyme, marjoram, rosemary, sage, and lavender. You could make your own using those or you could use any of those on their own, or any combination of those.

Jackie said...

Thanks. I ended up using thyme, rosemary, and tarragon and it was absolutely delicious. My husband (who is the biggest meat eater and non soup eater ever) loved it and my two year old who eats nothing ate two bowls. Great recipe!!! I am putting it in my book.

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